This year I've ran over 250 miles, 11 5k's and a five miler. In my age group I have two 2nd's a 3rd, a 4th and two 5th place finishes. In a couple of small races, I have a 2nd male overall and 2nd overall. I consistently finish 5k's in 25 minutes or so.
Tonight, my one year anniversary of that first run, I went back into the same field with an inch of snow and 20 degrees and ran a lap. It was as miserable as I remember, but, I can now do it without stopping to rest every few minutes. The health benefits are hard to ignore so, I will continue to run, but will always hike and enjoy walking in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia. I will be unstoppable on those long hikes and steep hills with wildflowers behind every tree.